Newsweek Twitter Hack ‘Garden Variety’
Account back under control in 14 minutes.
Newsweek's twitter account was hacked this morning by an ISIS-affiliated group called the CyberCaliphate.
The hack started at 10:45, Newsweek reports, and ended 14 minutes later when a Twitter support team regained control of the account on behalf of Newsweek.
"We can confirm that Newsweek's Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account," says Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim in a statement. "We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward."
According to Newsweek's report, the Twitter account profile picture was replaced by a masked individual with the message "Je suIS IS".
The image is similar to one CyberCaliphate used when it reportedly hacked the U.S. Central Command @CENTCOM account. The same group is also said to have hacked the Malaysian Airlines website and Taylor Swift's Instagram and Twitter accounts.
But the damage was not limited to Newsweek's Twitter feed. The flagship website of Newsweek owner IBT Media, International Business Times, was also hacked, as was IBT's Latin Times Twitter account.
“This group in particular has targeted Centcom and Taylor Swift. It’s unfortunate that they found us because of our coverage, but it goes with the territory," says Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco. "It was a garden variety hack and we’re working with Twitter to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”